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Kwik Sew 3617 - Brown Circle Print Top

I actually made this top several weeks ago, but never photographed it.  I mentioned it here.  While shopping before Christmas I noticed lots of gathered necklines and I found that I liked this detail.  I'm not one to wear ruffles or anything with lots of volume, so I was more drawn to the controlled gathering.

Kwik Sew 3617 isn't a new pattern for me.  I used it here and here.  I considered combining the two views - the neckline of View B with the long sleeves of View A.  Instead, I decided to just make the neckband of View A gathered.

Kwik Sew 3617
I was so tired when the Preacher took this picture.  Apparently, too tired to even straighten out my shirt.  Pardon those wrinkles on my right side.  I took a nap right after this picture was taken.  :)

It was a pretty simple change.  I just cut a strip of fabric the same width as the neckband pattern piece and twice as long as the neck opening.  I gathered both edges and sewed it to the neck edge.  Since I cut a straight strip, the lower edge of the band is less gathered than the top edge.  Then I attached the neck band facing at the top edge, understitched it and stitched in the ditch along the lower band edge to keep it down.  I did press the gathers since it looked a little poofy when I was done.

Kwik Sew 3617

The only other alterations I made were adding length to the body and the sleeves, but since it was awhile ago, I don't remember how much I added.

Kwik Sew 3617

This fabric is rayon jersey and feels great.  But, there are some problems with it.  First of all, I don't really like to wear prints.  I like them on other people.  I like them on the bolt.  I don't like them on me.  This is a recent discovery.  Second, prints with circles can be particularly tricky to sew and wear.  Check out this post.  I saw this right before I cut into my fabric.  I tried to be careful with print placement when cutting out and for the most part, I think I avoided the bullseye effect. However, I will still feel a bit self-conscious wearing this.  This top isn't going to be one of my favorite things and I plan to wear this under a jacket most of the time, so I'm not too concerned.

Next up:  I'll tell you about this jacket, which is now (finally) finished.


  1. I like how it fits you and the color suits you. You did a great job with the circle placements!

  2. Very cute, I love your variation. The print looks great - it suits you!

  3. I think the colors and scale of that print are just right on you.

  4. Very cute top, the print looks so nice on you.

  5. This looks great on you. The neckline change and the print dress it up.


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